Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Makeover For The Pod

Weathered gray...not for long!
We've been just as busy as we have been silent! Sorry!

Dan and I have been working like mad on a variety of things- mainly items related to my new business and getting the outdoor area into shape. One of the big undertakings of this spring/summer was to sand and stain the siding. I still pout as I think back to that beautiful blonde smattering of colors. Alas, unprotected wood does not stay so bright. Over the last year, as it sat in the beating sun, the Pod has taken on a gray weathered look. Don't get me wrong, there is a certain charm to weathered gray, but to me, it belongs at the beach- and it certainly isn't the color for us. 

As daunting and tedious as it seemed, this particular project isn't taking nearly as long as we expected. I credit that to having a lot more free time. I can only imagine how long this would have taken, on top of everything else we have accomplished since March, if I was still working 40+ hours a week. Makes me cringe actually. 

Anyways! My arms are getting quite defined and the house is looking fine! Over a few different days we have managed to complete the end wall, utility closet, and about 85% of the front wall. The new stained color looks AMAZING, especially after looking at the ratty old gray for so long. 

We have also been working away at making the space around the Pod more "human putter" friendly. I am not a fan of lots of clothes and footwear. Every summer as a kid- I wore as little as possible. If only I could run around naked like I once did- too bad it's only acceptable until about age 5. Ha!  I prefer to let my skin and feet breathe. So as soon as it gets warm enough, I move to shorts, tanks, and flip flops. That has not been working to my favor here. I already have dealt with poison ivy this year. My butt of all places. I think it happened while I was resting on my heels and my shoes must have had some of the oil. Needless to say I was very aggravated and after a couple days of dealing with an itchy fess, I clothed myself from head to toe, put on rubber gloves and went hunting and yanking. 

I have learned that we do not have "a patch here and a patch over there"...we have poison ivy EVERYWHERE within our area. ALL OF IT. Some places are more dense than others, but I was not happy to discover this fun little fact. Once I had ripped up as much as I could, I started laying cardboard. I want to be able to have a space to walk around and wear my sandals without checking every little step I take. 

I had to lay on the roof to stain the top 2
feet of siding. SO MUCH POLLEN. 

This past weekend, we took advantage of that nice low 60s weather we got and did a bunch of shoveling, hauling, and spreading of chips. Hard work on hots days is the worst! Cooler weather made is somewhat enjoyable! I also weed-wacked. Things are looking much cleaner and sandal friendly now. 

What a contrast eh?!?

The roof containers are exploding, the trellis plants are starting their first little grasps up the vertical surface, and the straw bales....well they are doing alright. They actually require the most attention from me as they need watering and weeding most often. 

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  1. Looks great! Don't weed-wack the poison ivy!! Let one of the goats in, they eat it and will keep it in check.

    1. Haha - oh yes! I have been warned. That is why I pain stakingly searched each little grid of space and removed any poison ivy I found before wacking that section. The goats will eat it, but they prefer many other things first- like my garden veggies! I need to get fencing up around them before I would want the goats wandering through there. Thanks for reading! :)

  2. Love the color! The whole place is really looking amazing. Good work, you guys.

    1. Thanks Sean! Your keep up the good work as well! :)

  3. I love what you are doing. My spring starts May 28 here in the mountains but I am already changing my place from a really ugly brown to a lovely light sage. Painted 15 feet today. I am working 40-50 hrs per week so I may take a long time. Also building a trellis with pallet wood.

    1. Thank you! And that's great! A quote I live by and draw comfort from-- "It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop." -Confucius

      So just keep on truckin! It will be worth it when you complete it! Good luck to you with the trellis- our veggies are just beggining to climb!

  4. Tiny house but amazing ,i really like location and background of this house.

  5. I love this post because my wife and I are also building our own "tiny home." It has definitely been an adventure, to say the least. It seems like everything has gone wrong from the very beginning, but we're taking it in stride and trying to have fun as we go! Good luck on your home and remember to always laugh!